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My mom had graves disease back in 2000, and received rai treatment. She was prescribed levothroid. Since that time her endo left the area and her gp treats her. My question is how can I get the gp to test more than the tsh. I read on this board and in other articles that the T-3 and the T-4 as well as the tsh must be tested.

Her dr. said it isn't necessary, I don't know what to believe. Also, why do some doctors prescribe synthroid over armour? Is one better than the other? My mom wasn't given a choice. :rolleyes:
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My mom had graves disease back in 2000, and received rai treatment. She was prescribed levothroid. Since that time her endo left the area and her gp treats her. My question is how can I get the gp to test more than the tsh. I read on this board and in other articles that the T-3 and the T-4 as well as the tsh must be tested.

Her dr. said it isn't necessary, I don't know what to believe. Also, why do some doctors prescribe synthroid over armour? Is one better than the other? My mom wasn't given a choice. :rolleyes:


[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Please try to find a good endo. I found a great one on [url]www.about.com[/url] by typing in "top docs" and finding endos in my area. Also, I found another really great integrative medicine doc (means he doesn't mess with my Armour thyroid and believes in mixing western medicine with herbal stuff...works great !). I asked our local compounding pharmacist and he was more than happy to make referrals. I've used one of the local standard pharmacies, with whom I have a great relationship, and he answers all my other questions.
How is your mother feeling? Do you feel that more could be done for her? If so, start looking around.
Yes, most docs find it easier to put patients on a standard dose of T4 and never think of them any more. I had that problem for years! It was all in my head, they said!
Read all the sticky notes for more background. I'm sure you'll be grinding your teeth by the end.
Yes, her FREE T3 and FREE T4 should be done, but find that endo first. Ask the office nurse before making any appointment if that doc uses Armour thyroid. Chances are, if he does, he'll be more open minded on your mother's treatment.
Good luck!
Judy[/FONT]
I had many doctors not test my Free T3, but never did they not test my Free T4 or TSH. It is true that there are alot of doctors that only test those levels, and because they don't can cause many of us to suffer. If you are trying to get a doc to test for those, the conversion of T4 to T3 could be the clue into getting them to test those. Either you or your mother should tell them that you think that they should be testing her Free T4 and Free T3 because you would like to make sure that she isn't having a conversion problem of converting the Free T4 to Free T3....that should get there attention...(they won't think your as stupid as they already seem too)Then if you do need to find a good doctor it's pretty much a guessing game. If it were up to me I would see if this type on talking with the GP would help before changing...they might just need to be educated!!LOL Also Armour is usually not give because of the kick backs that the doctors get from Synthroid, at least that is what I believe to be true. Armour also has other forms of things in them other than T3 and T4, and might be the reason some doctors beleive that it doesn't need to be perscribed. I found myself asking my doctor if I could change my meds to Armour, and she didn't seem to have a problem with it at all(said it's more natural anyway, so sure)I was read for a fight just in case. If this doc isn't wanting to do tests after you speak about conversion, I would change because that means they don't really understand the thyroid issues...Also keep in mind that if you don't get an Endo(alot don't test T3 either)then try for an MD or OD as they seem to do these tests more offten. The younger the doc is also is a consederation because of them being in med school more recently can mean they are more up to date on the thyroid(since they are still studing thyroid issues, and new things are coming to light). Hope all goes well. Sometimes just putting out that you have a clue to a doc makes them work harder!
Hello-

Just wanted to add my 2 cents-

Armour is a natural thyroid hormone from pigs. Synthroid is synthetic thyroid hormone created in labs. It would depend on the dr. you go to with which one they use. My former quacky endo told me armour doesn't work and it is not worth trying. I guess she gets GREAT kickbacks from the "synthroid" company.

Good luck to you-

Nikki
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Oh, it's even better than that! Armour has T4, T3, T2, T1, and a few other things that they're not sure what it's for....but it sure works great! They're actually working on trying to break down the components of human thyroid so that they can replicate that. However, at this point, Armour thyroid is the best there is! Synthroid is only T4, and like most folks that already have thyroid issues, doesn't quite cut the mustard because of the conversion problem. Back in the 1970's, when they came out with Synthroid, they had to make niche for themselves and the only way they could was to spread false information about Armour. They were also the ones that insisted that only certain tests were required (TSH and Free T4). Oddly enough, they were the tests that made them look good! They neglected to mention that, until recently, they couldn't get FDA approval because they couldn't make sure that each tablet was within the minimum 10% of the stated dose that was required. True, at one time Armour was having the same problem, but that was long ago accomplished with better methods.
There, now you have both sides of the story!
Judy[/FONT]